Hang Pots On Wall Week 3: A New Hanging Location for the Pot Rail

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Is that preparation for hanging I see above there? Why, yes it is. After deciding on a hanging system for our pots and pans last week, this week's task was to choose the best spot in the kitchen for our new pot rails and locate the studs. In the process, we had a new idea:

We bought a longer rail for above the door frame.
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Week 3: Choosing Where to Hang the Rails

As you may be able to tell from the photos, we decided to go with a basic GRUNDTAL rail from IKEA. I really liked this Rogar pot rail, but IKEA's version was cheaper, and I had plans to visit the megastore anyway last weekend. Thus, decision made.

I had initially planned to get two 23 1/4 inch rails to hang one on top of the other in the space next to our cabinets (see first photo). But then my husband suggested we add another longer rail above the door frame (see directly above). I hadn't really considered using that wall space for anything, but after checking for studs, we found that a 31 1/2 inch GRUNDTAL rail would match up well with studs in the wall, so we decided to go with both. We'll have one rail above the door frame, and a smaller rail to the side of the cabinet. Together they should hold about seven pans.

Week 3: Finding the Studs

There was some debate last week whether installing a pot rail into studs was really necessary if you had proper anchors. Given that we've decided to install one of the rails over our kitchen door frame, we thought it'd be safest to install it directly into the studs, just so we're not taking any chances with the rail pulling out of the wall.

I ordered this stud finder from Amazon, and it's great. It's tiny (about 3 inches long), cost less than $10, and the magnetic pull is strong enough that the contraption will actually stick to the wall when it finds a stud.

Next Week: The Big Reveal!

With that figured out, we got out the drill and got to hanging. How'd it turn out? Next week I'll show off the rails — with hanging pots and pans! — in the big post-installation reveal. Stay tuned!

(Image credits: Cambria Bold; Amazon)